Jammu and Kashmir News
JAMMU, SEPTEMBER 30 – Following State governments’ recent decision to hold quarterly review meetings of District Development Boards, Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Nirmal Singh, Chairman of District Development Board Jammu, today chaired a meeting in this regard to assess the implementation of the decisions of the DDB Jammu.
Minister for Social Welfare, Forests, Environment and Ecology, Bali Bhagat, Minister for Industries and Commerce, Chander Parkash Ganga, Minister of State for Education, Information and Culture, Priya Sethi, Vice Chairman Kissan Advisory Board, Daljit Singh Chib, Vice Chairman Advisory Board for Welfare & Development of Schedule Caste Welfare Advisory Board, Bushan Lal Dogra, Legislators Ch Sham Lal, Devender Singh Rana, Rajesh Gupta, Sat Pal Sharma, Kamal Arora, Dr Gagan Bhagat, Rajeev Sharma, Dr Krshan Lal, Dr D K Manyal, Ashok Khajuria, Surinder Mohan Ambardar, Surinder Choudhary and heads of concerned departments were present in the meeting.
District Development Commissioner, Jammu Simrandeep Singh presented a detailed report of the physical and financial progress achieved under different schemes. He said that out of the available funds of Rs. 51 crore, Rs. 32 crore have been expended, registering an expenditure of 63 per cent. He also apprised about the DDB directions which have been implemented in the district besides those which are under execution including setting up of model schools, upgrading facilities at Bawe Wali Mata temple, construction of ring road to ease traffic congestion in Jammu city.
The Deputy Chief Minister took a detailed review of the ongoing developmental activities and directed the concerned officers to take on board the concerned MLAs and other public representatives while implementing ongoing development works. “This will greatly help to achieve optimum result under various state and centrally sponsored schemes envisaging welfare and development of all areas”, he asserted.
He directed the concerned departments to work in synergy and plan accordingly so that the issues are resolved giving impetus to the developmental initiatives. “The honest intentions of the government should transform into sincere execution of developmental projects”, he stressed.
While taking a review of the projects under tourism sector, the Chairman said that beautification and development of banks of river Tawi on the pattern of river Sabarmati is an ambitious project which will significantly add to tourist influx in the state. He stressed on chalking out a comprehensive working strategy and to incorporate this project in the master plan for its effective implementation. He was briefed by vice-chairman JDA who along with a team of experts had gone to study the feasibility of replicating the Sabarmati river front project in Jammu. The Deputy Chief Minister also took a detailed review of the status of ongoing works of flyover, convention center at Canal road and project for airport expansion.
The Dy CM also had a detailed review of various other mega projects in Jammu such as Gandola Ropeway, Raghunath Bazar beautification project, Multitier parking, artificial lake, Mubarak Mandi heritage project, sewerage project etc and directed the concerned executive agencies to stick to the time lines fixed for completion of these mega projects.
Director Tourism informed that the Tourist Reception Centre (TRC) at Akhnoor shall be made functional within a month.
Taking a review of Power sector, the Deputy Chief Minister asked the concerned officers to identify the assets of PDD and prepare a data bank to ensure that these are utilized optimally. He said that efforts are also afoot to ensure speedy execution of two important schemes ADPRP and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana (DDUGJY) one of the flagship programmes of the Ministry of Power focusing on feeder separation (rural households and agricultural) and strengthening of sub-transmission and distribution infrastructure including metering at all levels in rural areas. “This will help in providing round the clock power to rural households and adequate power to agricultural consumers” he added.
The Deputy Chief Minister directed the concerned officers to ensure that the area specific needs should be kept in mind while envisaging any project. He stressed on inter-departmental coordination to remove the bottlenecks for timely completion of projects.
Dr Singh also stressed on generating awareness about the schemes and programmes of the government so that people can avail their benefits.
Minister for Social Welfare, Forests and Ecology Bali Bhagat asked the administration to mitigate the problems of drinking water by framing the DPR for Ranjan Lift Irrigation canal.
Minister of State for Information, Education and Culture Priya Sethi flagged tourism as an essential component of economy of Jammu adding that interest of business community need to be safeguarded by implementing different tourism projects in a time bound manner.
Later, the Deputy Chief Minister, while chairing a similar review meeting of District Development Board Samba, emphasized upon all the departments to ensure cent percent utilization of funds allocated under different schemes by optimally utilizing their resources and manpower. In this regard, he underscored the need for evolving an innovative and result oriented work plan. He asked the officers to make sure that all the deprived segments of the society are taken care of while formulating and implementing development programmes.
Referring to frequent complaints of the people regarding power crisis in their respective areas, the Deputy CM said that the cooperation of citizens is necessary to check power pilferage and ensure 24X7 power supply. He also warned the erring officers and defaulters of strict action if they are found indulging in any unlawful activity.